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reputation, needlessly torturing detainees who are already talking. republican racism and lying about it being racism continues. >> remember when that kansas congresswoman claimed she didn't know the racist origins of that phrase? last month, she supported a house resolution to pardon jack janson. resolution read in part whereit is a victory by jack johnson over tommy burns prompt ad search for a white boxer who could beat jack johnson. she lied. at least we can always count on the far right to screw it up someh somehow. >> o-l-i-g-a-r-h. one letter is missing. the one that's missing is "y." >> walk softly and carry a big stick.
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speak. speak softly. theodore roosevelt said speak softly and kick -- never mind. all that and more now on "countdown." >> one that's missing is "y." >> good evening from new york. while some of them are still insisting the late ted kennedy would have sold off the public option instead of a letter written to the dying senator to the pope. pretext of bipartisanship were negotiated over health care was finally thrown under the bus by at least four republican senators, including mr. grassly of iowa. the one leading the bargaining. obviously bargaining with sincerity of the would japanese diplomats who went to the white house in 1941. what would teddy do? liberal lion of the senate having answered that question himself during as it turned out his own burial service on saturday night. with a letter to the pope that was personally hand delivered by
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president obama earlier this summer. his words read in the fading light beside his grave by cardinal mccarrick, archbishop emeritus of washington. >> even though i am ill, i'm committed to do everything i can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. this has been the political cause of may life. >> somehow that directive were not clear enough indication of senator kennedy's intentions, earlier that day, in his funeral in boston, senator kennedy's grandson, max, having offered this prayer. >> for what my grandpa called -- of his life, every part of this land, that every american will have decent quality health care as fundamental right and not a privilege, we pray to the lord. >> senator orrin hatch in the mission church of boston to hear young max allen's prayer but despite that the following morning, senator hatch claimed that senator kennedy would have
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compromised on the political cause of his life. >> when he recognized and -- the -- you know, he couldn't get everything that he wanted but he -- he could get a good bill. by working with the other side and making compromise. >> in that direction. >> no doubt about it. >> you are the only one. salt lake city, friday, two days after senator kennedy's death, senator bennett having stated at a fund-raiser where the frey headliner was karl rove, quote, the number one assignment in 2009 is to kill obama care. barrasso of wyoming declaring it is time to kill the bill. the bulk of the negotiating conducting by the senate finance committee, including grassley, set out three weeks ago a fund-raising letter in which he quote set the record on my firm and unwavering position to run government health care and ask for immediate help defeating obama care. chairman ted kennedy in the state is pass, it would be a
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path way to a government takeover of the health care system. >> the immediate to replace senator kennedy's vote on the health care bill more apparent than ever, governor patrick trick of massachusetts setting the 19th of january to replace the senator in the senate. also referring his desire to change state law saw an interim appointment can be made in the meantime and knocking down speculation senator kennedy's widow, vickie, would be interested in that interim appointment. >> mrs. kennedy is not interested in the position. >> time to turn to a veteran of the senate, msnbc political analyst lawrence o'donnell who served as chief of staff to the finance committee. good evening. >> good to be here. >> grassley letter prompting a question that takes on more outrage and more urgency with each revelation about this man from iowa. why is any democrat still negotiating with the republicans and particularly with mr. grassley who was -- words seem to mean absolutely nothing? >> well, let's see how much they really are negotiating with when
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they get back from the august rece recess. that letter is the most devastating comment so far. obama care is a very broad term that i think to the recipients of that letter means any form of health care reform. so that's -- as bad a thing as we have heard from grassley so far. >> notion, meantime, floated by people like mr. hatch and other republicans playing on this perpetual loop at fox, right wing radio, that senator kennedy would have compromised on the current health care reform bill. particularly regarding the public option. you worked with senator kennedy on the clinton health care reform bill process and as somebody who was in there and who presumably heard the senator's letter to the pope read after the senator's death during his burial. how do you respond to this notion from mr. hatch? >> well, i would not presume to speak for the senator no longer with us. i think john kerry can do that and chris dodd can do that because they had conversation was him specifically about where he stood on it this year. what we do have is the history. a history of absolutely no
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compromise with ted kennedy on health care reform and on the central principle of it. he refused to compromise with president nixon when president nixon offered a very, very strong employer mandate bill which was basically the shape of the clinton bill 20 years later. ted kennedy came to regret that and by 2004 that in fact he did regret not doing business with richard nixon but after that, he became very unyielding also when president clinton wanted him to be unyielding which was in 1994. you will president clinton held up a veto pen and said i will veto anything that does not have universal coverage which in the mechanism for that was the employer mandate. the employer mandate was the tough get in that legislative go-ground could not get passed. ted kennedy did get the employer mandate passed in his committee with no republican votes including orrin hatch. he did not compromise any of the central principles of the bill to get orrin hatch's vote. same thing happened this time around. chris dodd was in close
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communication with chairman kennedy about what to do when chris dodd passed the bill out of the committee with zero republican votes, orrin hatch voting dpens it and with john mccain voting against it, ted kennedy called him the next morning first thing ask did not say why didn't you get orrin hatch. called him to congratulate him for the way he passed the bill and what was in it. >> you said at the start let's see how much negotiating the democrats actually do after the break is over. in the republican radio address over the weekend, senator enzy, supposed to be part of the bipartisan talks said that the democrats and their health care proposals will actually make our nation's finances sicker without saving you money, would raid medicare and said they would intrude in the relationship between a doctor and a patient. mr. gibbs this afternoon at the white house said that those remarks were illuminating. is his response illuminating as to where the white house may have come down on this? did they finally get it at the white house? >> i think they should be cou counting enzy out.
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how you can count on him being board surprise meese. he was on the kennedy committee and also voted against the kennedy bill. and he also did not engage in negotiates with chris bod zod on that bill and now he has been involved in the finance committee negotiations which had been more than loser, been more open, but i -- i never saw a root to getting his vote on what the president wants which is this public option and other elements. i don't see it now. so the white house, the problem for the white house is that this is very bad news when they get to the end of the august recess and realize that there are no republican votes if that's what they are realizing because they did not have a strategy prior to now doing this without republican votes. >> great thanks. >> thank you. >> duval said mrs. kennedy does not what the interval appointment to succeed her husband. who then and what now? let's turn to our co-founder and
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editor-in-chief of huffingtonpost.com. arianna, good evening. >> good evening. >> is massachusetts now indeed expect informed alter its law about interim appointment and will it get that represents senator kennedy's vote and mission on health care and get them sooner rather than later? >> well, it is not settled. but there's a lot of pressure to actually change the law. so somebody can fill the seat for the next five months. and that person has to promise, as you know, they are not going to run in the special election. so to truly be an interim appointment. and vicki kennedy took herself out of the running and it is down to joe kennedy and ted ted jenken i did. even though kennedy jr. lives in connecticut he has a home in hyannis port. literally he could be considered. and then, of course, all the staffers. you know, amazing ted kennedy staffers who have been with him for all of 40 years.
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an icon in terms of the way she cares for -- the constituents. myers who was head of the health care policy team. and there's -- great group of staffers who really believe in everything the senator believed in who may be considered. >> would there be republican blowback if it is teddy kennedy jr., joe kennedy? would there be a problem with either one of those because they wouldn't want the name to carry the weight even if it was just for less than five months and it was a guarantee those people were not going to run, whoever wound up being the interim senator not running innian? >> i suppose there could be. as you have seen, happens than been written about and so much is at stake with health care legislation that they -- ted kennedy's memories stand in the way. and i mean, i think that even -- bobby kennedy or jack kennedy somehow found a way to complete
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the senator's stand there may be blowback. >> who outside the family sunday consideration, to your knowledge? who would do it and who would do it well and who would do it? >> well, i'm actually being told that senior staffers like the ones mentioned, or like fin who you may remember doing the memorial. and the former staffer and no you practicing lawyer in massachusetts. carrie parker, legislative director. senator kennedy's staff for 40 years and all of them are also being considered if the law is changed. we don't know that yet. >> as to the special election in january, is there a chance that the seat might not remain firmly in democratic hands, the state did elect a republican governor previous to this one? >> exactly. you know, mitt romney. it depends three factors. one, who the candidate will be.
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ed markey or barney frank. they have a huge following in the state. who the republican would be. mitt romney, that would be a real race. perhaps most important what the conditions are on the ground will be. massachusetts already has about 9% of employment, not quite but almost. foreclosures are very high. what will be happening by the time the special election comes in january. we will be very significant and in terms of how much opposition to the democratic nominee there will be. >> let's double back to conclude this to the grassley letter. did that surprise you in way, shape, form, that mr. grassley while purporting to be negotiateding had said in the fund-raising told his supporters my job is to kill obama care? >> actually, didn't surprise me but i'm surprised it surprised the white house because -- the envy comment, that grassley or
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enzi could support any health care reform legislation, i find that incredibly surprise. >> well, i suppose the spirit of the idea of it not being surprising is charming in one way but i think you are right on the whole picture. arianna huffington, as always, thank you. >> thank you, keith. >> irony the republican approach to health care seems to have been to negotiate while back home promising to kill, take no prisoners, taking on no prisoners would have served them well when it came to rendition and torture. instead the continuing astonishing respecttalcle of their vice president, demand nothing investigation be made of the crime committed by him and others but also if you reverse engineer his premise also insisting the obama administration should be able to break any laws it feels like breaking and never itself be subject to any investigation. next. i appreciate the ride, you know. no problem. ♪ mind if i take a shortcut? yeah, sure. ♪
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it is true what they say for some guys when they retire they lose their edge and miss a step here and there. they stop caring. which brings us to our fourth jury tonight old man cheney. do you ever get the feeling some people aren't trying anymore?
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when he told fox news they investigated for possible torture and would have to pay for their own lawyers and chris wall as corrected him. not the first time cheney said it but the second. on everything else wallace was silent on the new interrogation task force, cheney, quote, i don't know who run issing it. this guy in all the papers. john brennan, at the cia when you were vice president. grandpa dick claiming before the investigation into cia torture has begun, it is all political. >> they are going to go out and investigate the cia personnel carried out those investigations. i just -- i think it is an outrageous political act that will do great damage long term to our capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs. >> outrageous political act to be carried out by this man prosecutor john durham, ain't boyntd the bush justice department. and outrageous political act first recommended by the office
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of professional responsibility. ethics office of the bush justice department. the weekly standard today reportpling bush's attorney general when hay saw an early draft, quote, questioned why the ethics office recommended that investigation. that same office not -- as mr. obama the same office was the one to suggest disbarring bush lawyers that had green list tortures. the fallacy torture must have worked because al qaeda has not attacked again. vice presidents ignorance about terrorism still immune on the fact that the first world trade center bombing was followed by more than 8 1/2 years without any attack. >> i guess the other thing that -- we had a track record now of eight years of defending the nation against any further mass casualty attacks from al qaeda. the approach of the obama administration should be to come to those people who were involved in that policy and say how did you do it?
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with us tonight, contributor at the nation and and author of "blackwater." good evening. >> sobering to think that man had his finger on the trigger. >> still thinks he does. that's the other part of it. mr. obama said, mr. holder said -- both did, they will only investigate those who actually went beyond the bush/cheney guidelines which infuriated many on the left on the pretext that breaking the law is enough to merit investigation, breaking the law that broke the law. why would cheney object to obama enforcing rules that come from bush and cheney? >> let's remember dick cheney doesn't want the american people not to mention the u.s. congress to know anything that happened under his administration that when he took us to the dark side, he talked about it. but let's remember here that these legal justifications for torture, that's what it was, that cheney and bush and their lawyers developeded, they were incredible stretches of the law to begin with. they violate the basic
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principles of multiple conventions, including the convention against torture which was ratified under the mihm tan leftist ronald reagan, violates the geneva convention and as that draft dodging man who had never know torture if he endured it, john mccain condemned on the sunday talk shows this weekend. so the fact is that dick cheney wants to cover up all the criminality, all of the wrongdoing from the american people. >> there remains no proof of -- no evidence in the last batch of documents revealed that torture saved anyone, even people on the right wing say it is not there. the bush liaison to homeland security said you might be able to infer it from what is -- written there but not in the report. chris wallace failed to ask about evidence that torture hurt us and not just in terms of reputation but in terms of our safety. you never brought that -- never brought the negatives up in this interview. >> right. watching chris wallace interview dick cheney, words of andrew sullivan, like watching a
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teenage journalist interviewing the jonas brothers. only way it could have been lower in sarah palin interviewed dick cheney herself. if you looked at the questions wallace asked, there was not a single hard question there except when he corrected him on the issue of the cia paying for the defense of the individuals. we don't have real journalism for the most part in this society when we talk about the question of torture. the fact is that if the american people were aware in detail, drumbeat coverage of what was being done in their name, power drills, squeezing of testicles, flattening people's heads against walls, the things that went on it would stop. that's the role of journalists and yet we see -- infotainment. >> has it occurred to cheney or anybody that defends him what he's ultimately suggesting for the future, if -- any administration can't look -- can't look back at what crimes or wrongdoing may have been committed by the previous one, that that's basically a signal to anybody in the obama
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administration go ahead and do whatever you want because nobody in the future can come back and investigate you. divine right of precedence. >> one, dick cheney is fighting to have the policies continue. that's really the point here. he is not thinking about what obama -- what the obama people will do. he is thinking about what he wants to continue to happen in the dark corners of the earth of secret prisons. that raises a more important point. the obama administration needs to hold these individuals accountable from top to bottom so that we send a message going forward that torture is going to be unacceptable in this country. media set the tone and they get an "f" for their coverage on this issue. >> last point briefly. cheney wanted to attack iran. he mentioned this. nobody in his own administration agreed with him. what's that tell you us? >> given the amount of power cheney had, shows us how close to nuclear midnight we were when it came to a war in iran. also vindication of the reporting about change role in the threats against iraq. >> also says that there are --
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were ideas too crazy even for george bush. >> that's also true. >> jeremy stay hill of "the nation." >> i don't want to complain but the poll danceners this place leave a lot to be desired. as does she. back on the air, expert on health care reform while being paid by health care companies to try to kill health care reform. who would fall for this act again? the lies of betsy mccoy ahead. ♪ ♪ i'm cool like that, i'm cool like that ♪
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extremists. how do you spell it relief? watching glenn beck and laughing out loud as he sabotages himself yet again. best political resume. republican candidate for governor of virginia. proudly referred to his master's thesis to "the washington post" found it in his university's library. in it he describes women having jobs as detrimental to the family. called legalized use of contraception illino logical. when did he write this, 1875? 1989. wow. 1989. good-bye, mr. mcdonald. gate line to the pentagon. rear admiral gregory smith, military hired the rendon group vetting journalists. stars and stripes pointed out that the group had graded
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journalists on whether they were willing to emphasize positive coverage. rear admiral smith fired the group. and lamar the, held a health care town howl in which he told the story of britney, pregnant woman that could not find a doctor to treat her unborn child's heart defect and convinced herself the child would not have been born if there was a public option. that's when congressman olson found protests and shouting cut two ways. somebody at the town hall yelled that's not true and then -- >> talk to britney. >> wow. >> that's not true. >> the insurance company turned her down. not the government. the privilege at insurance turned her down. not the government. my god. that's not the government.
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that's not the government. >> the government set it up and turned it down. >> there you go. >> death panel. death panel. >> sit down. i want to thank you all for coming. >> challenged by reality, britney was not denied doctors. she was denied insurance. olson lasted 45 seconds until he shut the meeting down. 47 seconds. congratulations. also, there is a doe in your backyard back. ♪ doe a deer (announcer) there are side mirrors...
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who called for the great white hope and then claims she did not know what the phrase really meant turns out she had support ad bill that explained what it meant. the california man who proudly declared hip self a right wing
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terrorist now says he meant to say extremist and it is his fault and not that congressman's. also in our third story, recessionists in texas holding a rally with a candidate saying they know that it might mean a bloody war. congresswoman lynn jenkins, kansas lawmaker, you will recall let this one fly at a recent town hall meeting. >> republicans are struggling to find the great white hope. i suggest to any of thaw are concerned about that that are republicans that there are republicans -- there are some great young republican minds in washington. >> she said she did not know what great white hope meant or it held negative connotations. turns out that less than a month earlier supported a house resolution, calling on president obama to pardon the first african-american heavyweight boxing champ jack johnson.
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jenkins' excuse, no, she did not read the specific resolution. you may also recall congressman wally herger of california's second district can and his response to this man. >> i want to say that i'm a proud right-wing terrorist. >> amen, god bless you. there is a great american. >> the so-called great american says -- more noise in texas. rally in austin last friday drew almost 205 people. it included a reference to a bloody war and a republican candidate for governor named deborah medina.
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>> they will not be part of texas anymore. >> i have no clue about the legality of it. all i do know is that's what we as texans need. >> we are aware that stepping off into secession may be a bloody war. >> let's turn to pulitzer prize winner and editorial board member of the tribune clarence page. good evening. >> good evening. >> let me start in california first. this is -- wading into very deep waters here. this man calls himself a proud right wing terrorist and congressman not only doesn't question that but praises the man and week later man says no, i didn't mean terrorist. i meant extremist and says congressman hearder must have heard extremism and it is his fault. >> the gentleman is caught not
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listening to what he said and the congressman is caught not listening to with a what the gentleman said either. fascinating. i'm reminded of barry goldwater, '64, proclaiming he was proud to be an extremist and pursuit of liberty and cost him about 44 states, as i recall. pursuit of the presidency. so this -- this gentleman apparently wanted to say extremist and that wasn't quite hot enough under the hot light and so he said terrorist. the congressman smiled and nodded and let the crowd applaud and all of that. not a great -- comes off well on youtube. >> it does. as does congresswoman jenkins and the stuff about the great white hope which gets more and more embarrassing as it proceeds. she said she did not know this was a racially charged phrase even though it has been one just about exactly a century. and now we -- she -- supported this resolution that no only explains the phrase but went to the defense of its original
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victim, jack johnson, the month of before this all happened and now she says that -- she didn't actually read the resolution that she supported. this is another terrific sense of coincidences. she should play the lottery. >> i wanted to give her a break because -- young people just aren't learning history these days. we all know that. but i mean, not to be able to remember a month ago, what is she, voted on, the real embarrassment here is that she, like a lot of congress people, doesn't really read legislation that she votes on all the time. she has been caught in this instance. >> that's the good news. if she -- if she is lying and covering up something else the good news is she's not doing her job correctly. >> this kind of reminded me of poor joe biden when he thought he was complimenting barack obama by saying he was clean and articulate. made a little culture xwaf there, if you will, gauss of the way blacks and whites perceive the word. closer to westmorland who said
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thought the obamas were a couple of those intellectual uppity people and didn't know it had racial connotations to it. in georgia. >> too bad that ken burns' dvd didn't get out. two, three years before. not to mention james earl ray. james earl jones. i made a gaffe here. >> but you corrected it immediately and didn't hide from it. no, no, i didn't know the difference between these two men and you should compliment me about that. >> the man who gets called clarence thomas by accident. >> that's your cross. last point -- texas. minor republican candidate. probably not somebody that will be running against rick perry and hutchinson. speaking of a bloody war, republican governor, mr. perry, didn't attend that rally but said that texas would be able to leave i if necessary flirted with this idea of secession. where are the green ups on this?
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secession would be a bloody war. if texas managed to secede, an instant third world country. >> reminds me of what a friend -- in virginia once told me when i said i thought the civil war ended in 1865. he said that wasn't the end. that was just intermission. that's the way a lot of folks think out in the south. especially in texas. now, you know, i love texas. i have a lot of readers in texas. and i was educated myself here about 15, 20 years ago at how much the republic of texas movement is still very much alive and some people's hearts. obviously, rick perry's no dummy. i mean, he knows that he can touch a lot of heartstrings and in his pursuit of higher office here by ringing the bell. you see the folks in the square t square. what's sad here is this kind of -- implication here of sour grapes, if you ask me.
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it is like -- things haven't gone the way they want to. with the with you our democratic system elected the latest president. now they are talking secession. >> yeah. also reminded again, the civil war, the civil war southern politician who said of one of the states it was too small for a country and too big for an insane asylum. as always, thanks for your time. >> i don't know how to spell. are you sure this is how you spell olbermann? uh-oh. the man who last month was openly rooting for another bin laden attack in this country now says democrats want one. when rachel joins you at the top of the hour, grassley cat is out of the bag. he tells constituents he is trying to kill health care reform and not negotiate bit. special guest, bernie sanders. reduces puffiness immediately -- and also helps with lines and wrinkles.
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he can't spell, can't get shakespeare's quotes right. genius, genius, that tells you. worst persons in the world. betsy mccoy. back object cnbc. allowed to again spew the stuff she made up or that was handed to her by her overlords claiming pages 16 and 17 of the reform bill forced everyone under the age of 6 a to buy the same one-size fits all government plan. except it doesn't say that. describes how you can keep your current insurance if you like it for some reason. when a pro-reform advocate repud yatded mccoy's lie the interview was suddenly tapped by the coast. the real question is why is she still allowed on tv when her -- well known that one of her health care providers fired her. she is a paid employee. singer pat boone describes seeing cancer fighting cells he saw under a microscope once as a
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bunch of little orphan annie eyes, round clear circles. describe the cancer cells he saw as, quote, little black globs almost radiant from within, pulsing with menace and looking like miniatureized darth vaders from star wars. he concluded i have asked the obvious question. do we know how cancer starts? where the black filthy cells come from? compare to miniatureized darth vaders. the black globs and cells to a political virus and concluded i call it liberalism. and when there is an african-american president, pat, the rest of us call those filthy black racisms. another sure, we will be attacked. recall ee manwhelm wants an attack and loves crisis and crisis the democrats, he says, can get all their program through. these people do not care for first time i think a sitting president is giving aid and
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comfort to the unabled psychological materially and the president does not care. the same lunatic who last month said that without anybody as much as reproaching him the only chance we have as a country is for bin laden to detonate major weapon in the united states. you do real realize it is self-evident it is you are rooting for terrorism to take place in this country and rooting for the terrorists? cia bin laden's station chief and former american michael scheuer, worst person in the world. (announcer) there are side mirrors...
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dane jr. of today's version of aw schucks, lonesome roads glen beck is summed up by remarks today in which he claimed a revolution has begun in this country. his repeated insistence the
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president is a marxist. number one story in the countdown, comfort of today's mythical home shun tv talk towtal yard lonesome roads glenn beck is every day he gives away the truth that he is an idiot. if you are going to warn the columnist of the english arrived in the bay you will not get far by jumping on a horse and yellinging the british are coming. if you tell mr. chambers the alien book to serve man is not about helping people, you lose your credibility if you say mr. chambers, don't get on the ship. the rest of the book to serve man, it is a phone book! here's mr. beck last week with the zeal of paul revere and panic of mr. chambers and the spelling of a third grader. >> i told you we were going to -- we were going to talk about these things. we were going to talk about obama. the left. internationalist. graft. acorn-style. revolution. hidden agenda.
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o-l-i-g-a-r-h -- one letter is missing. why did i select these missing? because acorn selects tides. they all sect their -- their words first and then tie them together into one word. oligarh, the one that's missing is "y." i don't know if we are turning into an oligarchy or what. unless you ask why we are going to turn into something. ask questions. >> i have a question. don't you rehearse oligarchy? did obama steal the letter "c"? mr. beck came back the next day and tried to bury the reality the less than 1% of the country that watches or listens to his show thinking they are not listening to an uneducated panicky whack job are completely mistaken. channeling his inner peewee
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herman saying everything except saying i in a moment do that. this was desperation at its worst. fascination with czars is fodder of its own. the term czar for presidential appoint ee did not just begin yesterday. it began with president nixon when he put in an energy czar. william simon during the oil crisis of december 1993. simon probably announced starting daylight savings not in april but in january. that's a czar. the true era of american czars came under gosh. ronald reagan. he created the position of drug czar fimd continuously since 1982. mr. beck, if you are going to insult czars in the sainted memories of president nixon and reagan, i'm going to have to challenge you to a duel. it is hard to say what percentage of the less than 1% watches in rapt fascination of the truth teller low brain function is know lower than their own and what percentage watches as the rest of us do for the unfulfilled promise of a
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train wreck to come. he quoted shakes pier. to me, train wreck. i mean, look, he quotes theodore roosevelt the guy that looks like the mountain. >> we speak without fear while basing it all in fact. walk softly and carry a big stick. that ain't a gun, man. that is the facts. >> yes, it is. walk softly and carry a big stick. speak softly and carry a big stick. whatever. that's the facts. one other thing. college communications programs don't teach you much about actual broadcasting but i have one professor whose full-time job is with one of the local radio stations. he taught me one truth he said separated the men from the boys. i hate those good morning world sign-ones, don martin said to me. people watch and listen to radio and one person at a time. whenever i hear good evening, everyone, i turn around to see who comes in the room with me
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when they say that. ahem. >> well, hello, america. >> gitd, america. >> don't forget, squawk softly and carry a big brick and leave off last "c" for savings. that's "countdown." i'm keith olbermann. stay classy, countdown land. to discuss mr. grassley's fund-raising letter in which he admit he is is trying to kill health care reform and not negotiate it, ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. >> thank you, america. >> all of you watching at the same time. it is not my ego that's predicting that, yes. >> america. thank you, keith. thanks to you, individual person at home who is staying with us for the next hour. we appreciate it. we begin tonight with the end of the wondering. speculating about how president obama is going to handle the biggest policy challenge of his
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young administration. the previous administration handing off to him two wars and the worst financial crisis since the great depression. but also, huge democratic majorities in both houses of congress. president obama decided to try to do something really hard in his first year in office. as you can probably say in your sleep by now, the need to reform america's health care system has been on presidential agendas since the 1940s. nixon tried it. clinton tried it. they have all watched the proportion of our economy that we devote to health care grow and breaux and grow. even if the number of uninsured people continues to rise. even as the other industrialized countries we compete with get better outcomes. with universal coverage, without spending, and the extra trillion dollars a year or so that we somehow set on fire and i mean, paid to insurance companies. other presidents have noticed for generations now that the effect on our economy of our inability to

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